bergenPAC Appoints New Chairman of the Board
bergenPAC, located at 30 N Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ announced at its October 18, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting that Edmondo Schwartz was stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and current President, Chris Yegen, will be taking over the Chairman position. Additionally, Dominic Roncace, CEO of bergenPAC, will now also take on the role of President.
Edmondo Schwartz stated, “It has been an honor for me to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bergen Performing Arts Center. We have come a long way in the last 13 years. I have seen the organization grow to present over 200 events a year and have its performing arts school and theater serve more than 35,000 area children this past year alone. This never could have been accomplished without a dedicated board of directors and a great operating staff. I believe the organization will continue to grow under the leadership of Chris Yegen and Dominic Roncace along with the help of its board and staff”.
Chris Yegen added, “Edmondo Schwartz, as one of the original co-founders of bergenPAC in 2003, and having recently served a six-year term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has given an extraordinary amount of his time and expertise to help bring bergenPAC from its beginning to where it is today. Everyone affiliated with the Performing Arts Center and the community as a whole owes a debt of gratitude to Edmondo for his commitment and for a job very well done. Also, Dominic has done a great job as CEO of bergenPAC the last four and a half years and it is a natural with his extensive operations background throughout his career for him to assume the role of President also”.
Bob Cook, co-founder and Treasurer of begenPAC added, "I want to thank Edmondo for his leadership and more importantly, his mentorship for these past six years. In addition to our working relationship I most enjoyed the friendship that has bonded us over the years”.
About Chris Yegen
Chris Yegen is one of the original co-founders of bergenPAC in 2003, and is the owner of the Yegen Companies, which specializes in the acquisition, renovation, and conversion of multi-family housing in the Tri-State Area. An active supporter of the arts, Mr. Yegen has been a member of the board of trustees of the Roundabout Theatre in New York City for over 20 years.
About Dominic Roncace
Mr. Roncace has more than 30 years of experience developing, managing and overseeing amphitheaters, clubs, theaters, and performing arts centers throughout the United States including all aspects of design, development, construction, start-up and operations. He is known as an exceptional operator and innovator with extensive knowledge in every aspect of the live entertainment industry. Earlier in his career he was a key executive on two major NJ public/private partnerships, the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, and the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ with the NJEDA and NJHA as partners. Dominic previously held the post of Chief Operating Officer at Clear Channel Entertainment, Music (now Live Nation) the largest company of its kind in the world.
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
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